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Subject: book smells like it was doused in perfume.
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:35 PM ET
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I am not allergic to smells and usually I am not sensitive.  But Holy COW, this book I recently got reeks.  Either cologne, perfume, febreeze, I have no idea.  Do I have to start specifically RC "no strong perfume smells", to have any recourse in the future?  I did not RWAP this book, but I sure wanted to.  And I'm not going to send it to anyone else, because it is unpostable.  Could I have RWAPed it, or is it my fault because I do not RC it about no strong smells?

 

I tried putting the book in  bag with baking soda.....which is probably a dumb idea and really messy to boot.   It didn't do anything about the smell.



Last Edited on: 1/10/11 4:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:47 PM ET
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I don't think there's you can really do about smells except an RC, and even then you'll get turndowns because some people know they don't have the same sense of smell as other people. Some people really have a low sense of smell have have no clue how they come across to others when using perfumes. They just can't smell it.

I had one that absolutely reeked of perfume. So bad that I got an instant head ache even before I opened the package. But I had a recourse to RWAP because the smell came from oils used in home made soap, and the oil had soaked into the spine and up inside the book. So I could RWAP about the stain, asked for my credit back and tossed it.

Smells are hard. I think it's just the luck of the draw. If the book isn't stained, hopefully the smell it absorbed will get pulled out by the baking soda. Some people suggest kittly litter.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:53 PM ET
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Strong perfumey smell isn't an RWP anyway unless you have an RC concerning perfumey smells.   The book is postable unless they sprayed it with somethiign that stained the book.  That would be an RWP. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:55 PM ET
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Unfortunately, you can't mark RWAP for smell unless you have an RC.

You could try airing it out outside and see if that helps. Clay kitty litter works well, too. When I do it, I keep the book above the litter, not stuck inside the litter, so it doesn't get the dust on it.

Some people try to cover up book odors by putting a dryer sheet inside the book for a while. I have received one or two of these and I just really hate it. It stinks much worse than whatever the original smell was.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 5:19 PM ET
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 I received a book that was sprayed with Febreeze before wrapping (sender admitted to doing it) and it was nasty!  I think I ended up just tossing it because I literally couldn't breath when I was holding it.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 5:25 PM ET
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Glad I haven't gotten any like this yet.  Can't even imagine why someone would spray a book with Febreeze (unless they were a smoker or something).  I personally love the aroma's of my old books.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 5:26 PM ET
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If you have a garage, try leaving it lay out there for a week. That helps tone down the stink on books for me.

I would recommend letting the sender know of the problem. They may not realize that they are rendering the book unreadable by doing what they are doing. Be polite and make it informative, not lecturing, and hopefully they will take it int consideration before ruining another book.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 9:17 PM ET
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Febreeze and/or dryer sheets can leave perfumy odor, try airing it per above recommendations and see what happens.  Some members enjoy mailing nicely scented books, but don't realize that concentrated in a small area, sealed, and left to simmer in the mail service causes the scent to become too strong.  As much as I usually enjoy pretty fragrances, they are not a bonus in books.



Last Edited on: 1/10/11 9:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/11/2011 4:04 AM ET
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"I don't think there's you can really do about smells except an RC, and even then you'll get turndowns because some people know they don't have the same sense of smell as other people. Some people really have a low sense of smell have have no clue how they come across to others when using perfumes. They just can't smell it."

I agree a smell related RC is subjective and may lead to turn downs.  You might consider an RC that says please do not add anything with a scent to my book or spray it with anything.  You might still get a book with a strong smell that a person can't smell but your chances would be much less and their is no subjectivity in your RC.

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 3:47 PM ET
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I had this same problem a week or so ago:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=225158

I just left my book outside overnight and the smell was gone the next morning.  I did place a large sheet of plastic over the book so the dew wouldn't damage it, though.

I did rewrite my RCs to say that I wouldn't accept books that had been exposed to strong scents (such as perfumes and cigarette smoke) because they trigger migraines.  And I did lose out on a WL book as a result of that RC; however, the sender stated that she smokes and burns scented candles, so she saved me a headache.